Ronald and Reginald Kray aka the Kray twins were notorious gangsters who left a trail of blood and destruction in their wake. Their brutal and blood-soaked activities immortalised the pair as the East ends most illustrious criminal duo of all time. Their antics, widely publicised, have been catalogued in the form of books, journals and films. In this article East End Tours we will take a brief but bloody look into the Kray Twins tumultuous world recaptured in cinematic form.
Written by Phillip Ridley and directed by Peter Medak, the 1990 British drama film “The Krays” served as a stark portrayal of the Kray twin’s lives. The film begins at the boy’s childhood, highlighting their close and very personal connection to their mother Violet Kray. This intriguingly dutiful dynamic makes the Kray’s story ever the more interesting.
Medak’s motivation pierced deeper than a bloody knife, he wanted to convey the overlooked nuances of the Kray’s to build (one would assume) the bigger picture. Born into poverty, the twins were very much accustomed to criminal goings on. Their father for instance, was regularly on the run from the law, which had a profound effect upon how the twins viewed criminality. Growing up within such a turbulent household would prove the catalyst for the Kray’s sadistic start in life, with Medak and Ridley utilising this to great effect. As the story progresses, we see the Kray twins inherently violent tendencies take flight.
A chilling tale of brutality, of business and of brothers is told in a way that merges scandal with story into a gripping drama that doesn’t pull its punches.
The Kray Twins have proven to be a popular subject matter among the cinematic conglomerate, so popular in fact a remake of The Kray’s is set for release next year. The film will star Tom Hardy (Bane) as both Ronnie and Reggie Kray. Speaking to the BBC hardy was quoted as saying, “I’ve got to work out how to play both twins, which will be fun. It’s another experiment and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m not going to put too much pressure on myself, I just want to have some fun and see what’s out there and explore with the work.” There is much anticipation surrounding the film which, only recently revealed Hardy in his Kray ensemble.
Even though the twins were unjustifiably malicious, committing atrocities that no man should ever commit; they have unquestionably left a legacy behind and a story yearning to be retold.
East End Tours are committed to telling that story in a full, frank and fascinating way. It is for that reason we established The Kray Tour. The tour is most certainly a must for anyone interested in crime, gangsters or life 1960’s London. For more information regarding the Kray Tour or any other of our tours please browse our site or contact us via the options available.